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Dancing at the Blue Iguana

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Five souls exposed.

This melancholy film explores the intersecting lives of five exotic dancers who work at a San Fernando Valley strip club, the Blue Iguana. None of them have it easy. Angel (Darryl Hannah) wishes she could take in a foster child or have a baby of her own - but her messy, dysfunctional existence makes this an impossible dream. Joe (Jennifer Tilly) is pregnant, but wants an abortion and can barely keep her rage at the world contained. Jasmine (Sandra Oh) writes beautiful poetry on the side - but doesn't have the confidence to read her work aloud or take it seriously. Jesse (Charlotte Ayanna) looks for love but instead gets beaten by her boyfriend; and Stormy (Sheila Kelley) tries to forget the great love of her life: her brother.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama stripper

Persons of interest

  • Charlotte Ayanna .... Jessie
  • Kristin Bauer .... Nico
  • W Earl Brown .... Bobby
  • Daryl Hannah .... Angel
  • Chris Hogan .... Dennis
  • Sheila Kelley .... Stormy
  • Elias Koteas .... Sully
  • Vladimir Mashkov .... Sacha
  • Sandra Oh .... Jasmine
  • Rodney Rowland .... Charlie
  • Jennifer Tilly .... Jo
  • Robert Wisdom .... Eddie
  • David Amos .... Dave
  • Carolyne Aycaguer .... Sophie
  • RC Bates .... Jimmy
  • Jesse Bradford .... Jorge
  • Christina Cabot .... Christina
  • David Linter .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Radford .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Radford .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report

Ever wondered if you could adapt a skit into a movie and do it well? We're not talking, A night at the Roxbury, here. We are talking about actors developing their own lines. It can work, but not quite with this one. The girls didn't convince me or and of my friends that they were genuinely doing this movie to show the "dark side" of exotic dancing. To me, it was just another chance to make some cash.

Too bad, it was a good idea.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

R 18+ (Nudity, adult themes)

Surveillance time

118 minutes (1:58 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 30 April 2003
VHS rental: 30 April 2003

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